As some of you may remember, I partnered with the Glam Network a few months back to part-take in mini-webisode hosted by U by Kotex. With 10 other bloggers, 2 Kotex ambassadors (Kat of TheeKatsMeoww and Vanessa or Read My Lips), and 1 moderator (Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point) by my side. We sat around a table having true girl talk. Everything from online bullying, women empowerment to the amount of mis-information out there and lack of good resources for girls today that have questions about sex, periods, and other feminine related issues (because who really wants to ask a question in sex ed? And often times this isn’t a subject we feel comfortable discussing with our parents or friends).
Recognizing this very issue, U by Kotex launched Generation Know, a movement encouraging girls to drive real social change by offering a safe and open platform for talking openly and ask questions. As the ladies of the round table (okay our table was technically square and at one point we did move on to a couch), we sat and shared our personal experiences, embarrassing stories and busted some myths. (Pineapple juice is not an effective form of birth control, spinach will not shorten your period, yes, you will still be a virgin if you use a tampon — unless you’re having sex… Yes, you can swim when on your on your period — and no, you’re not more likely to be attacked by a shark if so). The myths are endless and as we discussed them my heart sank for the 12 year old version of myself who at one point could question this as anything short of ridiculous. Which is why after this discussion I pledge to be a stronger resource as a big sister and mentor and to be as open and supportive of my fellow women in any way I can. So what happens when female fashion bloggers, activists and educators get together to talk about their periods… Truth! (and embarrassing first time stories — which fortunately we can all laugh about now and this generation can learn from):
ABOUT: U by Kotex Brand is committed to empowering girls to change the way the world thinks about periods and vaginas through Generation Know, the first generation of girls comfortable asking questions, gaining real knowledge and spreading information about their health and bodies to others. To get the facts, learn how to make a difference and get a free Generation Know bracelet to symbolize your commitment, visit www.GenerationKnow.com. For every girl that joins, U by Kotex brand will donate to Girls For A Change to continue to create change. Disclosure: Compensation was provided by U by Kotex® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of U by Kotex®